It is summer in New York City which means it's BBQ season! Every so often I am hired to grill for parties or the grill madame at my friend's parties. Why? I make burgers that will change you life, but not just any kind of burger - Korean-Vietnamese BBQ burgers. Pretty serious, so serious that all you need is a bun and nothing else because the condiments are contained in the meat!
Here is the recipe to feed a small party. I generally guesstimate my measurements, but basically you can judge the marinade by taste before you add the meat. The most basic & important ingredients are soy, sugar, scallions & onions - I love playing with what I happen to have in the kitchen. So here goes:
1 bottle of Kikkoman Low Sodium Soy Sauce (the green bottle)
4 Tablespoon of Fish Sauce - Three Crab Brand
1/4 cup Tablesoons of Sugar in the Raw or brown sugar - add more if you want it sweeter
1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon of Honey or Mirin
1/4 cup of Chili Garlic Sauce (add more or less depending how spicy you want it)
4 Cloves of minced Garlic
2 Tablespoons of minced Ginger
1 Bunch of chopped Scallion
1 Chopped Onion
4 1/2 - 5 pounds of Ground Sirloin Beef
Sesame Burger Buns
In a large bowl or deep dish pan, add the sugar, fish sauce, sugar, ground pepper, honey, and chili garlic sauce together. Taste to see whether or not you want to add more sugar and/or more spice with the chili garlic sauce. Then add garlic, ginger, scallion, and onions. Mix thoroughly and then add ground beef. Make sure that the meat is entirely coated with the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Grill each side for 5 minutes. Add to a toasted bun and enjoy! Do not even think of adding ketchup to this burger. I will be insulted. You will never want to eat a regular burger at a BBQ ever again I promise!